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211 LA County


All of Los Angeles County ...................................................................2-1-1
Those unable to reach 2-1-1 service ..................................(800) 339-6993*
TTY: telephone for the hearing impaired .............................(800) 660-4026

Provides free information about all types of human services, including adult services, counseling, legal assistance, financial assistance, training, services

for people with disabilities and other social services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

* Certain business phones may not allow for 2-1-1 dialing.

Abandoned Baby

Abducted Children

Activities –Online Reservations


Allows public to go online to make and pay for reservations at County facilities. Residents may access, review, schedule and reserve facilities and services, including swim lessons, picnic areas, RV park spaces, community rooms and conference quarters. 


Adoptions Records

Adoption Unit, Rm. 2100
Edmund D. Edelman's Children’s Court
201 Centre Plaza Dr., Monterey Park 91754
Phone (323) 526-6343
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

Adoption records dating back to the 1800s are housed in the Adoption Unit at the Edmund D. Edelman’s Children's Court in Monterey Park.  Persons seeking information about their adoption records for family medical background information may request a "Petition for Birth Record Information” pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 102705.  If the judge grants the Petition for Birth Record Information, the petitioner will get a copy of the court file and state file with identifying information redacted.  Only if the petitioner specifically requests a copy of the birth certificate and only if the judge grants the request, will the petitioner get a copy of the original birth certificate.

There is an approximate four to eight month processing period after requests are submitted as the request must be coordinated with the State Department of Social Services Office and Vital Records Office in Sacramento.  If the parents choose to remain anonymous, their identities will not be released.
To request adoption records unrelated to family medical background, the petitioner should request an "Application and Order of Approval of the Court to Obtain Information Regarding an Adoption" pursuant to Family Code Section 9200.  If adoption information is found, a copy of the original adoption order (Adopt 215), adoption agreement (Adopt 210), and request for adoption form (Adopt 200) will be given to the petitioner.  There is an approximate four to six weeks processing period after requests are submitted.   Applications and Order of Approval of the Court to Obtain Information Regarding an Adoption forms will be reviewed by a judge if the petitioner is not the party involved in the adoption proceeding.  If the parents choose to remain anonymous, their identities will not be released.

AIDS Programs and Policy

Public Health, Department of
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 6th Flr., Los Angeles 90005
Phone (213) 351-8000
Fax: (213) 738-0825

Plans, develops and coordinates HIV/AIDS-related services and activities within the Department of Public Health through subcontracted community-based agencies, hospitals, health organizations, and through the department’s inpatient and outpatient facilities. Specific services include: HIV risk reduction and prevention programs, medical outpatient care, mental health, case management, and other HIV/AIDS services. Serves as liaison with contracted providers, state, federal, and health care sector on HIV/AIDS issues. Plans and implements HIV/AIDS programs in coordination with the community and with local planning bodies. Develops, administers, and monitors grants and contracts. Provides and coordinates HIV-related education and training programs.

Air Pollution Control District

(See Air Quality)

Air Quality

South Coast Air Quality Management District
21865 E. Copley Dr., Diamond Bar 91765

General Information (909) 396-2000
Complaints (800) CUT-SMOG
Report a Smoking Vehicle (800) CUT-SMOG
Recorded Smog Information (800) CUT-SMOG
Asbestos Information (909) 396-2336
Local Government Affairs (909) 396-2432


Public Works, Department of

Brackett Field -
1615 McKinley Ave., La Verne 91750
Phone (909) 593-1395

Compton / Woodley Airport -
901 W. Alondra Blvd., Compton 90220
Phone (310) 631-8140

El Monte Airport -
4233 N. Santa Anita Ave., El Monte 91731
Phone (626) 448-6129

General William J. Fox Airfield -
4555 W. Ave. G, Lancaster 93536
Phone (661) 940-1709

Whiteman Airport -
12653 Osborne St., Pacoima 91331
Phone (818) 896-5271

Alcohol and Drug Program Administration

Public Health, Department of
1000 S. Fremont Ave., Bldg. A-9 East, 3rd Flr., Alhambra 91803
Phone (626) 299-4193
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Information / Assessment and Referral
Phone (800) 564-6600
TTY/TDD: (800) 735-2929
Information only on relay communication (800) 676-3777

Contracts with more than 300 community-based organizations to provide an array of alcohol and drug prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services throughout LA County. Some of these services include: alcohol and drug prevention services, outpatient drug-free counseling services, alcohol and drug abuse residential detoxification services, community prevention and recovery programs, homeless day care services, alcohol and drug-free living centers, driving under the influence programs, and assessment and referral services.

Alternate Public Defender

35 Hall of Records
320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-6626

Provides legal representation to indigent defendants the Public Defender is unable to represent, due to a conflict of interest, for court proceedings in the Superior Court and for appeals to higher courts.


Medical Emergencies:

In a medical emergency throughout the County of Los Angeles dial 9-1-1.

Animal Care and Control, Department of

(See also Dog and Cat Licenses, Microchip Program,
Rabies Vaccinations and Spay/Neuter Program)

Administration -

5898 Cherry Ave., Long Beach 90805
Phone (562) 728-4882

Animal Control Division, Chief Deputy –
Phone (562) 728-4620

Volunteer Services –
Phone (562) 256-1367

Animal Licensing Information –
Phone (562) 728-4706

Enforces all state and local laws relating to the control, licensing, humane investigations, or rescuing of all animals within the unincorporated areas of the County or within cities contracting for County service. Provides low-cost vaccination clinics throughout Los Angeles County each year.

Animal Shelters:

Owners may redeem impounded animals and may adopt unclaimed animals at each county animal shelter. To request service, please call shelter directly.

Animal Shelter No. 1 - DOWNEY
11258 S. Garfield Ave., Downey 90242
Phone (562) 940-6898

Animal Shelter No. 3 - CARSON
216 W. Victoria St., Gardena 90248
Phone (310) 523-9566

Animal Shelter No. 4 - BALDWIN PARK
4275 N. Elton St., Baldwin Park 91706
Phone (626) 962-3577

Animal Shelter No. 5 - LANCASTER
5210 W. Ave. I, Lancaster 93536
Phone (661) 940-4191

Animal Shelter No. 6 - CASTAIC
31044 N. Charlie Canyon Rd., Castaic 91384
Phone (661) 257-3191

Animal Shelter No. 7 - AGOURA
29525 Agoura Rd., Agoura 91301
Phone (818) 991-0071

Antelope Valley Pet Stop Adoption Center
42116 4th St. East, Lancaster 93535
Phone (661) 974-8309


(See Local Agency Formation Commission)

Annual Report

Chief Executive Office  
(213) 974-1311
Website: Click Here

Provides information on what the County accomplished in 2007-08,  goals for 2008-09,  budget information, major capital projects, and lots of photos of activities and programs.

Anthropology Exhibitions

(See Natural History Museum under "Museums")

Apartments, Sanitation Issues

(See Housing Inspections)

Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Parks and Recreation Department

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007
Phone (626) 821-3222

Descanso Gardens -
1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge 91011
Phone (818) 949-4200

South Coast Botanic Garden -
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes 90274
Phone (310) 544-6815

Virginia Robinson Gardens -
Beverly Hills 90210
Phone (310) 276-5367 (Reservations required)

All gardens provide opportunities for interested individuals to view plants from the world over which are horticulturally suitable, adaptable and desirable in Southern California, with an eye toward using the plants in their own home landscapes.

The Arboretum provides a Plant Science Library which features approximately 28,000 books and other material on botanical, horticultural and related subjects, open Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; a historical preserve of early California buildings and artifacts; and a Plant Information Hotline, Mon. - Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., (626) 821-3239.

Tram tours are available at the Arboretum, Descanso Gardens and South Coast Botanic Garden for $1.50. Call for schedule. To make arrangements for school field trips, call individual gardens.

The Virginia Robinson Gardens may be visited by advance reservation only: $7 for adults; $4 for senior citizens, students with ID and young people 5 - 17.

Admission to other gardens vary from $7-8 for adults, $3-$6 for senior citizens and students with ID, and $2.50-3 for young people 5 - 12; children under 5 are free.

Archives - Superior Court

(See Court Records)